The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Ontario Repository (Canandaigua, NY), Tuesday November 6, 1821

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Lake Erie Steam Boat Lost!

The Steam Boat Walk -in-the-water, Capt. Rogers, sailed from Black Rock on Wednesday last, at 4 p.m. for Detroit, with passengers, and a valuable cargo of goods etc.- When she had proceeded up the lake about ten miles, she encountered a strong head wind, which so increased in violence as to drive her back, and she was in danger of being driven on the rocks above Fort Erie. She was in the most perilous situation during most of the night, two anchors were thrown out but they could not secure her. It was discovered that the vessel was breaking and the power of her engine was applied to the pump, when the wind shifting to a N. W. gale, she was run upon the beach on the American side, a distance of about two miles. The passengers fortunately were got off safe, with the whole of the cargo somewhat damaged; but of the boat it was said nothing but her machinery could be saved. Such are the particulars of this disaster, as we have heard them. Among the passengers were Mr. Thomas Palmer and lady, of Detroit, Miss Catharine Palmer of this town and Mr. John Hale, of Dunkirk. It was a violent gale, severely felt in this vicinity, and it is feared we shall hear of further distresses upon the lakes.

We are informed that during the same gale, a vessel coming down the lake, navigated by a captain and one man, and having several passengers on board, was hard driven by the wind and waves, when a swell washed both the captain and his man overboard. The sailor fortunately having hold of a rope at the time, drew himself on board again and fastening the passengers below, seized the helm, and carried the vessel safe in at Black Rock! The captain was lost.

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Richard Palmer
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Ontario Repository (Canandaigua, NY), Tuesday November 6, 1821